WHO WE ARE

With increasingly demanding compliance, challenging political risks, and intense public scrutiny, there is a strong need for specialised expertise and advice.

The Governance Group is a consultancy committed to helping clients navigate risks and opportunities. Our work is based on global standards while also premised on local knowledge and solutions. We have real-world experience and can effectively apply the local political and business context and global standards to your issues.

We are highly committed to upholding high ethical standards for our work. All TGG employees and consultants are expected to respect our Code of Conduct


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Joachim Nahem

Founder and Managing Partner

joachim@thegovgroup.org

+47 924 82 831

Joachim founded The Governance Group in 2016. He is a leading governance and sustainability expert with broad experience from across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Arab region. Joachim held multiple positions with the United Nations as a senior manager and governance specialist from 2003-2014. He is a trusted advisor to foreign ministries, international organisations and businesses and has a track record of carrying out complex assignments for a range of diverse interests including for the Norwegian Bank Investment Management (NBIM), Equinor, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. 

Joachim frequently provides commentary on international affairs in Norwegian media and is affiliated with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He has published broadly on governance topics and serves as an analyst for the annual Freedom in the World publication. Joachim was in 2014 appointed by the Norwegian Government to lead the Open Government Partnership Council and is a board member of CARE Norway. He holds degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the London School of Economics.


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Dr. Maria Gjølberg

Partner

maria@thegovgroup.org

+47 976 649 44

Maria Gjølberg is joining The Governance group from DNV GL. She has extensive experience as a sustainability advisor responsible for all services related to sustainability reporting, strategy and CSR management systems. Maria has more than 12 years’ experience advising large and small companies on sustainability, resulting in a strong combination of academic, commercial and practical experience in sustainable business development. She has managed several demanding and complex projects for international companies such as Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Telenor, DNB, ABB, as well as solar and utilities companies, including REC Group, Statnett, Statkraft and Scatec Solar.

Maria is an experienced key note speaker, moderator and panelist in various industry, government and civil society events, and a board member in the Norwegian Research Council’s programme for Nano Technology and Advanced Materials (NANO2021). She holds a PhD in Political Science on “CSR in the Nordic Countries” from the University of Oslo-UiO and has previously worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment (UiO).


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Kristian R. Andersen

Partner

kristian@thegovgroup.org

+47 959 38 970

Kristian R. Andersen is a leading expert within corporate governance. He joins The Governance Group from Norges Bank where he managed evaluations of board practices, sustainability, risk and performance management. Kristian previously headed external relations for UNDP in Norway and has also served as an associate expert at the UN Headquarters, conducting programme monitoring, risk assessments and evaluations. In the past, Kristian has also worked for Aker Kværner in Norway and the UK, and has extensive experience within communication, resource and stakeholder management.

Kristian holds a post graduate degree in Economic Analysis from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and is a Certified Bank Director.


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Dr. Isabel Mota Borges

Research Director

isabel@thegovgroup.org

+47 400 53 306

Isabel Mota Borges has a legal doctorate in human rights and environment-related migration from the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law. She teaches at the University of Oslo and is an Associate Professor at the Norwegian Business School (BI) specialising on European law, human rights and business. Borges has previously worked for more than ten years for the European Commission and in several grassroots organisations in Brussels and still acts as a Legal Advisor for DG Internal Market. She has extensive experience with various development initiatives, transnational research projects, strategic dialogue and capacity building including on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Borges is a graduate lawyer from Portugal and member of the Portuguese Law Society. She is currently leading research and training on The Governance Group´s 2018-2021 Angola Human Rights Project.


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Jon Vea

Senior Advisor

jon@thegovgroup.org

Jon Vea is a seasoned Norwegian diplomat (Ret.) with experience from India, Sweden and as Ambassador to Angola, which included responsibility for the DRC, Gabon and Equitorial Guinea. He also has managerial and advisory experience from the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Export Council (now Innovation Norway). Vea is a board member of Transparency International Norway and heads a project for NHO on strategic partnerships between businesses and the Norwegian government in developing countries. Jon maintains an extensive international professional network within business, governments and a range of other sectors.


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Niels Jacob Harbitz

Senior Advisor

niels@thegovgroup.org

+47 915 26 584

Niels Jacob Harbitz is a course leader and communication advisor with particular expertise in human rights, gender and development. He has previously conducted evaluations and provided policy advice and actionable recommendations to state and civil society agencies, international institutions, and humanitarian aid organisations. Niels Jacob is a team member of The Governance Group´s Angola Human Rights Project and framework agreement with the Norwegian Peace Corps.


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Stephanie Trapnell

Senior Advisor

stephanie@thegovgroup.org

Stephanie Trapnell has more than 12 years of experience as a technical specialist with the World Bank and project manager with the Hertie School of Governance. Her professional focus is on transparency, accountability, and ethics in government. Her work spans several fields including public administration and accountability, political institutions and service delivery in sectors. Stephanie has led The Governance Group´s support on Public Financial Assessments and scoping of an Innovation and Anti-Corruption hub in Nepal. Stephanie holds a post-graduate degree from SAIS and is currently pursuing a PhD at George Mason University.



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Hannah Hills

Associate

hannah@thegovgroup.org

+47 486 37 676

Hannah is certified in the Global Reporting Initiative’s-GRI standards for sustainability reporting and advises businesses on how to understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being. Hannah provides research and technical support to TGG teams including large evaluations. She has previously worked on development and research projects for the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. Hannah holds a Masters degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo.


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Daniel Edward Hosker Lindvåg

Associate

daniel@thegovgroup.org

+47 976 39 414

Daniel has public and private sector experience from Norway and abroad, focused on political risk and promotion of Norwegian interests. He has worked on projects for Xynteo within leadership and innovation with major international companies, where Daniel contributed to contract negotiation, research and events.

At Export Credit Norway, Daniel worked on a major evaluation of government instruments and collaborative solutions with Innovation Norway, at home and abroad. He also analysed international opportunities and risk factors for Norwegian businesses, in the Middle East, Africa and Russia. Daniel holds a MSc in International Relations and Global Issues from the University of Nottingham, UK.


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Annik Cecilie Saxegaard Falch

Associate

annik@thegovgroup.org

+47 990 04 775

Annik is experienced in business strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and has worked for Aspiri AS and in the San Francisco start-up community. She has experience as an external editor for the the Journal of Military Ethics (JME) and as a contributing researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO). Annik provides TGG with research and analysis in developing their work on CSR, and is currently assisting The Governance Group with their rating of the top 100 listed companies in Norway on sustainability reporting.

Annik holds a Masters degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where she wrote her thesis on the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global and its ethical obligations, as well as a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), where she wrote her thesis on ESG integration in the Nordic Private Equity industry.